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Posted by That Other Mike on 13/02/2008

Ghost In The ShellI was in Tesco’s today and saw Ghost In The Shell. I bought it. Mainly because I’ve wanted it since I was 13.

Ghost In the Shell is a anime which focuses on a 2029 where something akin to the Transhumanist Singularity has taken place; humans are augmented and live inside the net full time. Their society is policed by digital agents who can be anywhere on the net or download into mecha. The ultimate police officer of this time is almost nonhuman and can travel at will through the net: Ghost In the Shell is her story.

I used to be a real anime nut. I was always a huge fan of Akira and the Guyver.

Akira (アキラ?) (pronounced [ɑkiɺɑ] ah-kee-rah) is a 1988 Japanese animated film co-written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo based on his manga of the same name. The film is set in a neon-lit futuristic post-apocalyptic Tokyo in 2019. While most of the character designs and basic settings were directly adapted from the original 2,182 page manga epic, the restructured plot of the movie differs considerably from the print version, pruning much of the last half of the book. Akira is regarded by critics as one of the greatest animated films ever made.

The movie led the way for the growing popularity of anime in the West, with Akira considered a forerunner of the second wave of anime fandom that began in the early 1990s. One of the reasons for the movie’s success was the highly advanced quality of its animation. At the time, most anime was notorious for cutting production corners with limited motion, such as having only the characters’ mouths move while their faces remained static. Akira broke from this trend with meticulously detailed scenes, exactingly lip-synched dialogue – a first for an anime production (voices were recorded before the animation was completed, rather than the opposite) – and super-fluid motion as realized in the film’s more than 160,000 animation cels.Notable motifs in the film include youth culture, delinquency, psionic awareness, social unrest and future uncertainty weighed against the historical spectre of nuclear destruction and Japan’s post-war economic revival.

GuyverBio-Booster Armor Guyver (Viz Media) or Guyver (Chuang Yi Publishing) (強殖装甲ガイバー Kyōshoku Sōkō Gaibā?) is a long-running manga series written by Yoshiki Takaya. The Guyver itself is a symbiotic techno-organic (or biomechanical) device that enhances the capabilities of its host.

The manga was originally serialized in Tokuma Shoten’s “Shonen Captain” magazine beginning in 1985. When Shonen Captain was discontinued in 1997, the manga was picked up by Kadokawa Shoten who subsequently re-released all of the previous graphic novels originally published by Tokuma. The manga is currently serialized in Kadokawa’s monthly Shonen Ace magazine. It has been licensed by Viz Media, Star Comics, and Chuang Yi Publishing.

Guyver has been adapted into a 12-episode anime series (based roughly on the first four books), an animated feature film titled “Out of Control”, two live action movies (The Guyver and Guyver 2: Dark Hero), and a 2005 26-episode anime series.


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